News – 2007.05.31 – Early Edition

Linux to Drive Cell Phone Industry
According to the report, “Linux Ecosystem to Drive the Cell Phone Industry,” from the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies service, Linux-based Smart mobile phones are set for strong growth over the next few years.

KLA-Tencor Unveils LithoWare for Developing RETa, OPCa Processes
KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ:KLAC) introduced LithoWare, a new Linux-based product enabling semiconductor circuit designers to dramatically reduce the time and cost to develop RETa and OPCa processes. LithoWare is a lithography optimization tool based on the industry-standard PROLITH models that reduces time-to-production by allowing customers to co-optimize the RET and the process conditions simultaneously, while minimizing calibration data collection.

Texas Instruments Licenses Sonic CinePlayer CE Navigator
Sonic Solutions(R) (NASDAQ:SNIC) announced an agreement to license its Sonic(R) CinePlayer(R) CE Navigator to Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN). TI will offer CinePlayer Navigator with DaVinci(TM) processors, the world’s most advanced semiconductor for next generation digital video products. The agreement extends the reach of Sonic technology, which will provide core interactive functionality for DaVinci processors in a vast array of digital video applications, such as videophones, automotive infotainment, digital still cameras, streaming media, IP set-top boxes, and video security systems.

Tanner EDA Rolls Out HiPer Silicon v12.6
Tanner EDA, the leader in affordable, portable analog/mixed signals IC design tools, introduces HiPer Silicon(TM) v12.6, the new enhanced version of Tanner’s complete suite of schematic capture, analog SPICE simulation, physical layout and foundry compatible DRC.

Palm Introduces Foleo Mobile Companion for Smartphones
Building on its vision that the future of personal computing is mobile computing, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) announced the Palm(R) Foleo(TM), its first smartphone companion product. The Foleo mobile companion has a large screen and full-size keyboard with which to view and edit email and office documents residing on a smartphone. Edits made on Foleo automatically are reflected on its paired smartphone and vice versa. Foleo and its paired smartphone stay synchronized throughout the day or at the touch of a button. This powerful combination is for productivity-minded business people who want a more complete mobile solution for email, attachments and access to the web.

Magma Offers Simulation Option for Knights Camelot CAD
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of semiconductor design software, announced a new option for its industry-standard Knights Camelot(TM) CAD navigation software that makes finding the location of a device short faster than previously possible, a key time-to-market advantage in failure analysis.

Synopsys, Zuken Team on Integrated PCB Design, Simulation Tools
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS) and Zuken, the engineering consulting company, announced a partnership to develop an integrated and robust printed circuit board (PCB) design and simulation solution. The intended solution combines two complementary product lines — Synopsys’ Saber(R) Simulator and Zuken’s CR-5000 System Designer — to deliver a platform for integrated system-level electronic design, simulation and verification. Prompted by requests from mutual customers, Zuken and Synopsys have also established an In-Sync agreement enabling mutual promotion and development work.

Synopsys Debuts DesignWare Serial ATA Advanced Host Controller Interface
Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced the release of the Synopsys DesignWare(R) Serial ATA (SATA) Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) solution. With this addition to its DesignWare library, Synopsys becomes the industry’s first intellectual property (IP) provider to offer all the required elements of a SATA AHCI interface including the SATA AHCI Digital Host Controller, SATA PHY and SATA Verification IP (VIP).

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Infineon, Chartered Publish Benefits of Mentor Graphics’ Calibre LFD
Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced it has validated Calibre(R) LFD (litho-friendly design) results in silicon on 65nm process technology.

HGI Works on Release 3 Specification for Home Gateway
The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) identified the key operator requirements driving future development of Home Gateways with the commencement of work on its third specification document. The key features addressed will include: designing the Home Gateway for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based Next Generation Network (NGN) environments; the growing need for supporting the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) market; and the impact of connecting Consumer Electronics devices in the broadband home.

euroLED 2007 Lights Path to Greener World
Birmingham will become the centre of the ongoing ‘Green’ debate next week, as it hosts euroLED 2007, Europe’s largest conference dedicated to a very small technology – LEDs – a lighting alternative that could save the UK millions of pounds in energy usage and significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The show will take place on June 6th and 7th at The National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

WiMAX World Europe Addresses Wireless Broadband Industry in EMEA
The main WiMAX World Europe conference program opened with a lead general session from Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer, Yankee Group and Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Research. The conference chairs covered the WiMAX and wireless broadband state-of-the-industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition, senior industry executives provided comprehensive views and analysis from a diverse segment of the WiMAX ecosystem.

Palm Foleo Mobile Companion Features Opera Browser
Opera and Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) announced that the new Palm(R) Foleo mobile companion will use the Opera web browser to provide customers a user-friendly web experience. Based on Opera 9, Opera for the Palm Foleo offers intelligent navigation features and support for advanced Web 2.0 applications using Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML). Opera’s Software Developer Kit (SDK) proved to be a quick-to-market solution in tailoring a browser suitable for the cutting edge of mobile technology.

Matrox Graphics Rolls Out PowerDesk-SE 2.04 Display Driver
Matrox Graphics Inc., announced the release of the Matrox PowerDesk-SE 2.04 display driver featuring a new Joined graphics card mode and improved widescreen resolution support. The enhancements in this driver provide more control for displaying information across multiple screens—a critical requirement for professionals in industries such as financial trading, energy management, train dispatch, and process control.

Wavesat Introduces First 5.8 GHz WiMAX Mini-PCI Reference Design
Wavesat, a leading designer of WiMAX 802.16d-2004 & .16e-2005 solutions announced the immediate availability of its 5.8 GHz Mini-PCI reference design. Wavesat’s 5.8 GHz Mini-PCI design is optimized to allow equipment manufacturers worldwide to rapidly bring WiMAX equipment to market.

HARDI, LSI Develop HapsTrak SerDes Daughter Board with Evaluation Chip
HARDI Electronics announced a solution to high speed interfaces for ASIC prototyping with a HapsTrak compatible SerDes (high speed serial transceiver) daughter board containing an ASIC SerDes evaluation chip from LSI. HapsTrak guarantees that this SerDes daughter board will be compatible with all previous and future generations of HAPS (HARDI ASIC Prototyping System) motherboards. The new board will be on display at the Design Automation Conference in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center from June 4-7 at HARDI booth #2869.